Showing posts with label Ryan Howard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ryan Howard. Show all posts

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Enemy Watch: Phillies' Ryan Howard to be Out till May?

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro spoke to Fox Sports and said it will be “great” if first baseman Ryan Howard is able to return to the team in May after undergoing surgery for a ruptured left Achilles.

Amaro said Howard was recently cleared to resume strength-building exercises and some weight-bearing activities. “We’re still being very cautious with him,” Amaro said.

In the meantime, Amaro is content with the internal options to fill in for Howard: John Mayberry Jr., Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix, and Jim Thome. “We’re covered,” Amaro said.

Amaro is very satisfied with reports on Thome, as he prepares to play in the field on a limited basis. Thome, 41, has played just four games at first base since 2005 – and none since 2007. “Our medical people are surprised at the shape he’s in,” Amaro said. “They think he might be better now than he was when we first signed him in 2002.” Amaro said it’s conceivable that Thome could play first base as often as four or five times per month.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 51 - Phillies at Mets

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, New York 2

Ryan Howard's two-run double in the eighth proved to be the deciding factor as the Philadelphia Phillies took a 5-2 win over the New York Mets in the second of a three-game set from Citi Field.

Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Domonic Brown added two hits and a run scored for the Phillies, who have won four straight.

Cole Hamels (7-2) snapped a five-game losing streak to the Mets as he gave up two runs and seven hits with 10 strikeouts and retired the final 11 batters he faced over a seven-inning performance. He moved to 4-0 on the road this season.

Jose Reyes had two hits, a pair of stolen bases and two runs scored while Justin Turner and Jason Bay each drove in a run for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and six of seven.

Mike Pelfrey was solid in the start as he yielded just two runs on four hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, but for the second night in a row the Mets' bullpen blew the game.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Upsetting Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 26 - Mets at Phillies

NEW YORK - JUNE 10:  Ryan Howard #6 of the Phi...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Final Score: Philadelphia 10, New York 3

Ryan Howard belted two homers, including a grand slam, and knocked in six runs to carry the Phillies to a 10-3 rout of the Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

Howard's explosive bat backed a good outing by Vance Worley, who was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace injured No. 5 starter Joe Blanton.

Worley (1-0) yielded just two hits and four walks in six innings, striking out five Mets for his second career MLB win.

Howard moved into a tie for second place on the Phillies all-time home run list and set a team record with 27 RBI in April. Placido Polanco set a new franchise record with 39 hits in April, going 2-for-5 to break Chase Utley's mark of 38 set in 2008.

The Phillies (17-8) also set a club record for wins in April, matching the 1993 team that won the National League pennant.

Ike Davis hit a solo homer and Jason Pridie belted a two-run blast with one out in the ninth inning for New York's only runs. The Mets have lost two in a row on the heels of a six-game winning streak.

The Phillies, after beating Arizona on Wednesday to finish 5-2 on their road trip, started a nine-game homestand with a bang Friday.

The catalyst was Howard, who has three home runs in his last two games after going the previous 13 without one.

Mike Pelfrey vs Phillies: Howard could be the difference maker

Philadelphia Phillies Career statistics vs. Mike Pelfrey
Raul Ibanez27 9 0 0 1 6 1 5 .333 .357 .444 .802
Placido Polanco13 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .154 .267 .154 .421
Jimmy Rollins29 7 0 1 1 4 1 2 .241 .267 .414 .680
Brian Schneider10 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
Ross Gload6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .333 .500
Shane Victorino39 12 2 1 1 6 2 5 .308 .341 .487 .829
Pete Orr6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Wilson Valdez7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .125 .000 .125
Ryan Howard32 13 2 0 2 4 5 2 .406 .486 .656 1.143
Carlos Ruiz20 5 1 0 0 3 2 2 .250 .318 .300 .618
Ben Francisco2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333

Mike has to come out and prove himself tonight in front of the Phillies Frenzy. The Mets will get a look at rookie Worley tonight. With the Phillies not having Utley in the lineup, the Mets really have to concentrate on Howard. If he is successful he can be the difference maker.

Note: Pelfrey coming off the Flu Bug, Let's see if he holds up...

Monday, January 10, 2011

We'll Miss You Pedro

As if it won't be bad enough to see a long time Met donning Pinstripes this upcoming season, when you begin to quantify how valuable Pedro Feliciano was to the Mets, it hurts even worse. The Philadelphia Phillies have been the dominant team in the National League East over the past five seasons (2006-2010). They have won the division the past four years, two of which they brought home National League Pennants, along with their World Series victory in 2008. In three years out of this five year span, the Phillies led the National League in runs scored, and the other two seasons they finished second. As Mets fans, we are familiar with the names Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and we cower at the thought of the destruction they can wage with a wooden stick in hand. Lets take a look at some numbers that should explain why things are about to take a turn for the worse for our beloved Metropolitans. Here's the short version of the story: Feliciano's dominance over the Phillies triumvirate of super star hitters is the only reason the Mets have remained competitive against the Phils over the past five seasons. Feliciano has gone above and beyond what even a regular "lefty specialist" should be able to accomplish against these three men. For his career, Rollins is a .272 hitter. Being the only switch-hitter of the triumvirate (both Utley and Howard are exclusively left-handed hitters), Rollins should be the least susceptible to a left handed pitcher. Against lefties in his career, Rollins has a very respectable .282 average. In the five year span we are focusing on, Rollins was 5-21 for a .238 average against Feliciano. Utley and Howard would probably kill to be able to hit that well against Feliciano. Utley who is a career .293 hitter (.283 against lefties) has gone 8-36 against Pedro which equals out to a .222 average. Howard is even worse. He is a career .279 hitter (.232 against lefties), but against Feliciano he has been abysmal, 7-36 for a .194 average. Not to mention, Howard averages about one home run every thirteen at bats, but he has had only one long ball against Feliciano in his 36 career at bats.
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